Bass Fishing

Salvinia can completely close off parts of the lake to fishing when winds blow the massive mats into an area.

Salvinia, salvinia and more salvinia

February 15 at 7:00am
Elite pro John Crews helped design a dropshot rod with a counter-weighted butt section and a conveniently placed weight holder.

The right dropshot outfit

February 15 at 7:00am
Quiet, protected areas off main creeks will be popular spawning waters.

Maximum motion tempts prespawners

February 15 at 7:00am
Centerpoint, La., angler Jeremy Treadway caught this 13-pound bass while fishing a Good Ole Boys Bass Club tournament at Cane River on Feb. 11, 2018.

Cane River gives up 13-pound bass

Massive fish caught during Good Ole Boys Bass Club tournament
February 13 at 3:57pm
Hunter Vaughn, 24, of Elm Grove, shows off the giant 12-pound, 5-ounce bass he caught Jan. 24 on Lake Bistineau. The big bass, which bit a wacky-rigged Senko in Mardi Gras color, was released back into the lake.

Bistineau angler catches, releases 12-pound monster

Giant bass measured 27 inches long, with a 20 ¼-inch girth
February 01 at 4:58pm
G. Loomis E6X

G. Loomis E6X

February 01 at 7:00am
Rickey Lee delivers his lures with pinpoint accuracy using smooth underhand casts.

Bistineau bigmouths

Lake Bistineau in Northwest Louisiana is home to some lunker bass, and unfortunately, lots of salvinia, too. Here’s how one local angler fishes the first half of the year — and deals with the weedy pest.
February 01 at 7:00am
Bassmaster Elite pro Aaron Martens bases his dropshot bait selection on water temperature.

Drop by design — The ins and outs of dropshotting for bass

Dropshotting might seem simple, but understanding how to make small adjustments to match specific situations can put more bass in the boat. Here are the pros’ tips.
February 01 at 7:00am
When big bass move shoreward for the spawn, pitching heavily weighted plastics around trees, bushes and any cover is a good bet for picking off staging fish.

Lunker mentality

Spawning activity typically cranks up across Toledo Bend this month. Use–––– these tips to take advantage of some of the best bass fishing all year long.
February 01 at 7:00am
Tournament angler Blake Bourque caught this 5-pound False River bass recently working worms under docks in about 6 feet of water.

Three patterns to catch False River bass

Mississippi River oxbow again showing promise
January 30 at 11:18am
The Atchafalaya Basin water levels are at rock bottom, but bass are already in very shallow stained water readying for the first wave of the spring spawn.

Basin low, bass gearing up for spawn

Water temps approaching magic number
January 27 at 9:40am

Marsh Man Masson vid: The tough Tchefuncte

Some bites result in fish; others, um, not so much
January 22 at 3:48pm

Marsh Man Masson vid: Part 2 of one-boat fish-off

Mid-day lull broken by fast bite
January 17 at 11:25am